Sports documentary fans will always have had to rely primarily on US sport to provide the bulk of their viewing pleasure but in the coming weeks Irish sports fans will have their own Christmas wishes come true.
RTÉ will show the acclaimed ‘Katie’ documentary film on Katie Taylor on the evening of Tuesday, January 15th. That gives something for sports fans to look forward to in the quiet month post the festivities.
Before that eir Sport has unveiled a host of programmes over the Christmas period.
Tomas Ó Sé will be interviewed by Eamon Dunphy in the Head2Head documentary series with Paddy Power on the 24th December followed by Mick McCarthy on the 25th, Ruby Walsh on the 26th, Graeme Souness on the 27th and finally, Robbie Keane on the 28th December.
‘Dublin v Kerry Classic GAA night’ will also be shown on 24th December on eir sport 1 at 5.30pm.
On the 25th December, a documentary on the spiritual home of rugby in Limerick and Munster ‘Thomond Park’ will be shown on eir sport 1 at 7.30pm. This will be followed by ‘A Year to Remember’ where Connor Morris will be joined by Journalists Gerry Thornley, Ruaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey to reflect on a year of unprecedented success for Irish rugby both at club and international level.
That may lead to a wrestling match in many homes with Mr Schmidt’s boys going head to head with Mrs Browns Boys.
Also on Christmas night, at 9 PM, eir sport 1 will look back at a golden age in Irish football in 1997 where the Boys in Green finished third in the FIFA World Youth Championships in Malaysia. ‘Kerr’s Kids Irish Football’s Golden Generation’ documentary will feature interviews with Brian Kerr, Robbie Keane, Damien Duff and John O’Shea.
On the 26th December, eir sport 1 have two more documentaries to offer viewers. A ‘Treat from the Treaty county’ will see Aaron Gillane and Shane Dowling join Damian Lawlor to look back at a memorable year for Limerick Hurling at 8pm.
Dhá Chúirt will be shown later that evening at 11pm. This is about the story of the Irishman Thomas Vere St. Ledger who got to the 1879 Wimbledon final. However, by 1908 he was convicted along with his wife of one of the most brutal murders in French history.
The channel will also be showing all the interprovincial rugby matches over the festive period, with TG4 also broadcasting a number of those live.